Qualcomm has generously sponsored a pilot program in Southwest Virginia. This program will provide funding and local support to five or more under-resourced/ needs-based registered FLL and FTC teams beginning in late April 2021. Funds and support will also be provided to veteran FIRST Chesapeake FTC or FRC teams to act as peer-to-peer mentors. The goal of this program is to help grow a more sustainable pipeline of FIRST k-12 programs in Southwest Virginia. 
 
If you are an FLL or FTC team in or near the New River Valley region that is interested in registering or learning more about receiving support through this pilot program, please sign up here or email Tim Farmer, FIRST Chesapeake RISE Up Mentoring Manager, at . The deadline to register is March 20th, 2021.
 
If you are a veteran FTC or FRC team in Southwest Virginia that is interested in mentoring an FLL or FTC team, please reach out to the FIRST Chesapeake RISE Up Mentoring Manager, Tim Farmer, at . Peer-to-peer mentoring will begin in late Spring of 2021 and continue through the 2021-2022 academic year. In addition to local FIRST Chesapeake staff support and resources, select veteran teams or organizations will receive stipends for the 2021-2022 season.
 
The next RISE Up SWVA Mentoring On-Line Forum Sponsored by Qualcomm will be held in late April. This one-hour interactive forum includes updates regarding events and opportunities specific to Southwest Virginia, as well as a chance to meet other teams and mentors from the area. Please watch your emails and the FIRST Chesapeake website for a date and dial-in information coming in March.

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